Bookies back Alonso again

We took a look at the odds offered by five different bookies on the Malaysian Grand Prix and found that each one tipped Fernando Alonso to repeat his 2005 win. Interestingly 2005 title runner-up Kimi Raikkonen is considered more likely to win than Michael Schumacher, who led for longest in Bahrain. The unusually competitive performances … Continue reading Bookies back Alonso again

Schumacher: Qualifying king?

After qualifying in Bahrain, all the talk was of Michael Schumacher equalling Ayrton Senna’s twelve-year-old record for most pole positions – 65. So does this make Schumacher the all-time premier pole-sitter?

A change for the better

Conventional wisdom has it that when you make a big change to the F1 rules, the better-resourced teams steal a huge advantage. 2006 has already turned that on its head. The new 2.4-litre V8 engines are the most substantial individual change to the technical rules since the imposition of grooved tyres and narrow-track chassis in … Continue reading A change for the better

Going cold turkey

So, how did you cope with five months without Formula One? Ben Evans shares his solutions to off-season boredom. The BBC stepped into the breach with some rather excellent alternatives to the lack of F1 action over the winter. First there was the Winter Olympics – complete with F1 action in the opening ceremony. Admittedly … Continue reading Going cold turkey

Starting in style

The Bahrain Grand Prix was a bit of a stonker – and there’s nothing like a cracking first race to set you up for the season. Ben Evans reviews some of his favourites.

McLaren reveal Emirates livery

McLaren’s definitive 2006 livery went on show today after the team confirmed their deal with Emirates airlines. Vodafone will be the team’s title sponsor from 2007. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / emirates / mclaren

Vodafone fire their McLaren man

The Guardian report today that Vodafone have fired the man responsible for their sponsorship arrangements with Formula One teams. Ousted marketing director Peter Bamford had arranged Vodafone’s sponsorship of Ferrari from 2002 (pictured). The mobile telecommunications giant will transfer their allegiances to McLaren from 2007. The move leads to inevitable speculation over whether Vodafone are … Continue reading Vodafone fire their McLaren man

F1 ’06: What the press say

Over the weekend the UK newspapers have been looking ahead to the new Formula One season. Top read was The Guardian, simply for the two page cartoon strip “Super Aguri saves F1” in their excellent 68-page mini-guide to the season published on Saturday. The Guardian lead with Richard Williams’ piece on the ‘Michael Schumacher: will-he-won’t-he-retire’ … Continue reading F1 ’06: What the press say